1. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $14.99 (US/print only). Offer ends April 30. Subscribe now! (Because great beer deserves great stories AND readers.)

Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA - Phillips Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPAHoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
88
very good

133 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 133
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.69%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Phillips Brewing Company visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: canucklehead on 02-13-2011

You can almost hear the sirens as you pop the cap on this bomber. This IPA slams hop first into a classic belgian yeast to create a super fortress of flavour.
View: Beers (54) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view more.
Ratings: 133 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by Shadman:
Photo of Shadman
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This has kinda become my go-to Hop fix lately so maybe a review is in order...

Pours a slightly cloudy dirsty straw amber( hey!..it's what I see) Sticky, merangue-like head that leaves gobs of lacing the size of some small Pacific Islands on the sides of the glass

Can certainly pick-up the citrus and a wiff of spiciness. Some grain dust malts as well.

Starts with some of that spicy, sweet Belgian action before the dry hops open the door and holler, " Get the hell out of my way"! Explosion of citrus and dry hops that threaten tastebud genocide before allowing a hint of malt sweetness to sneak in the back door. Not even a hint of 8% ABV until the finish.

Will echo Hoser in that this is great Belgian IPA for the buck, mind you at $.95 more than he's paying...;))

More User Reviews:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev -2%

Large format bottle poured into a tulip glass. A cloudy golden yellow with ample creamy white head on top and the expected Belgian IPA aroma of spicy medicinal phenols, fruity esters, and floral aromatic hops. I am getting clove or perhaps allspice, banana peel, pineapple gummy candy, cidery apples and pears, and something tropical (presumably from the hops), guava perhaps? Palate features a rather pungent array of phenols, I am even getting some so-called "bandage" flavor here and there amidst the aforementioned spices and fruits. Not bad at this level but this as an assertive Belgian yeast that threatens to push its luck a little. Initially I was tasting the malts up front as well, honeyed cereal perhaps, but these flavors rather quickly receded into the background as the yeast and hops essentially stomped them into the pavement. This brew developed nicely over the course of a pint, with dry floral aromatics, grapefruit, sour tropical berries and unripe pineapples wrestling some control away from the yeast. Comes across as thin of body and quite fizzy, with a strong lingering dry finish of yeast special effects and the aforementioned floral/citrus hops. I certainly have had more refined examples of this style (or of tripels proper for that matter) but I am enjoying this on its own merits. Cool label concept as well. This is indeed a bit of a bomb run on the tastebuds.

Photo of trail77
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

3X is a really nice representation of a brewery doing a casual version of an experimental contemporary style. Pretty obvious the cross of typical Belgian pale ale yeast with a bright fruity NW hoppy profile... clearly cloned or at least inspired by Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel... this regular 22.oz. bomber at local Victoria shops is a welcome addition to the already impressive Phillips' hop styles...
Presumably, if delving into this rare breed, you know what to expect... if not, good luck!

Photo of BashOnABike
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

4oz taster @ The Island Beer Festival, Club 919

A: Hefeweizen-IPA-esq, light-gold with fair head but nice, clean lacing

S: Bananas, Clove, hoppy but still sugary, some malt

T: Light banana and clove, hoppy but more floral than scent, very complex palate!

M: Light and foamy like a weizen, lingers on tongue

O: Great fusion (IMO) of two of my fav styles, which I guess constitutes a Belgian IPA! Definitely a winner.

Photo of chickenm
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma has Belgian yeast, hops, fruits, and sugar. The taste is kind of all over the place, with an almost cloying sweetness coliding with bitter hops. Light body with good carbonation. Overall it's not bad but I've had much better Belgian IPA's.

Photo of BGDrock
4.14/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: clear, dull orange/gold; big, fluffy white head with great retention

Aroma: fresh cut grass, citrus - grapefruit, some herbals reminiscent of a wheat beer - coriander, clove - quite a lot of it actually

Taste & Mouthfeel: texture stands out, thick and buttery relative to a typical IPA, a solid but smooth body; hops tend to the fruity side, more of banana, mango, before turning to some spice and resin bitterness in the finish; interesting compliments going on, between the solid body and complex flavour, fruity start and bitter finish; very different from the usual IPA, would pair easily with food

Overall: it's called a Belgian IPA and the distinction provided by a unique yeast is easily noted and very welcome

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber from a trip through Abbotsford, BC., earlier this year.

This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of thinly puffy, foamy white head, which leaves a decent layered array of webbed lace around the glass as it gently fades away.

It smells of orange, pineapple, and kiwi, amongst a pervasive, but subtle yeasty character, over top a dry grainy, bready malt. The taste is somewhat sweet and tangy, fruity bready caramel malt, the zestiness lingering - grapefruit and pineapple rind the most culpable - some mild Belgian yeast edginess, and mildly grassy, floral hops.

The carbonation is average, just a wee bit frothy here and there, the body medium-light in weight, and fairly smooth given all those yeast and hops conspiring and colluding. It finishes mostly dry, with a slight grainy, crackery malt push amongst the latent hop zig and yeast zag.

An agreeable Belgian IPA from Canada's English culture central - the yeast and booze perception both kept rather restrained. So, in essence, we're left with a nice and drinkable hoppy IPA, one with a slight Flanders predilection.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Vancouver private store. Initially hoppy, and then a good balance, malt and yeast. Tasty, great drinkability. Would like to get more bold citrus hoppy flavour, but still one of the best of this style.Pours cloudy light orange body with a generous head and lacey.Smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured into a tulip, a clear bright golden, solid white head left consistent lacing as it dissipated slowly
S - yeasty aromas of sour citrus and banana, herbal and grassy hop smells, very interesting
T - grassy hop bomb up front followed quickly by pungent ripe fruit yeastiness, finishing with earthy and floral flavours, the layering of the flavours is unique and special
M - light with medium carbonation, a strong bitterness dominates
O - an unique and outstanding blend of flavours that come through in layers, a hop bomb as the label depicts with the big belgian flavour creating a unique dichotomy, in my opinion Phillips is one of if not the absolute leader of Canadian craft brewing

Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $6.00 for a 650ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass. Alcohol on the label now reads 7.3% not 8%.

A- Wicked good. Enjoyed the POP and super good head that lasted

S- Very good. Super good grapefruit etc. I like it a lot

T- Very good and I enjoyed it a lot. Tart and dry. There is a lot of malt but just can't say that is it overpowering or anything like that.

M- Dry. It is a refreshing IPA that is this dry

O- Very good. I like this one and will save one for the future although it is a Triple IPA. As time passes I can see the hops leaving but at least I have something to compare to.

Food Pairing

This nice little Triple IPA went well with...Spicy salmon sushi roll topped with Tabiko caviar and roasted sesame seeds

Enjoy

Photo of Rutager
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Light golden straw with a little haze. A finger of white head that doesn't last too long but leaves a little nice lacing.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and grassy hops. Lemon, orange and berries. Smells good.

Taste. Light grains and belgian yeast. Grassy, herbal hops and a little spice. A little fruit, maybe melon, but not as much as the smell would suggest. Some lasting, grassy hops.

Mouthfeel. Lighter body, medium strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice belgian ipa. Could go though a few glasses of this pretty easy ...and fully intend to.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured slight hazy beige with some orangey color notes with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of floral hops notes with some sweet malty notes. Taste is a bit sweeter then I had expected with some notes of dry hops with light citrus undertones. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Finish is quite dry and interesting though malt profile is a bit too sweet with not much complexity; Belgian yeast didn’t real come through. Interesting though lacking some balance and not something I would drink on a regular basis.

Photo of mtomlins
4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass

Pours clear and copper in color with a massive, white fluffy cloudy head that resemble merange as it slowly settles leaving islands of sudsy islands floating on the beer surface and massive amounts of lacing. The nose and taste are quite similar though the nose is soft. They highlight all though wonderful typical Belgian notes (bananas, cloves, yeast, raw dough) but has a nice fruity hop profile finishing long and dryish. I pick up a metallic aftertaste that more or less disappears after the beer warms a bit. Medium body and carbonation keeping this beer smooth and drinkable.

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml brown bottle. Pours out a bright clear golden hue, short creamy white head that settles to a thin cap.

Leafy and citrus rind hops on the nose, some peppery spice, and dry grainy malt in the background.

Dry grains and spice up front in the flavour, finishing with dry grapefruit rind and pith, more herbal down the line and into the aftertaste, with an astringent mouthfeel long into the aftertaste.

Lighter-bodied mouthfeel, texture gets a bit sticky from the hops, moderate carbonation.

Reminds me a lot of a Saison with its dryness, but since this is a new-ish style anything kind of goes at the moment. Quite enjoyable for what it is, I'd go back for more.

Photo of papat444
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a gift from my aunt that my brother brought back on a recent trip to their place in Surrey.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle and shared with my dad.

Appearance: A banana gold color, with good lacing. Sheets rather than chunks.

Smell: Banana, pineapple and hops.

Taste: Herb-like upfront with a touch of tropical fruit and some yeast. Hops are felt.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with some nice bittering.

Overall: It was quite good. Has a decent hop bite with overtaking the Belgian side of it.

Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber from the Ottawa LCBO for $5.50

Appearance - Gold colour with a gigantic size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Hops, yeast, breads/grains, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains, hops, and a peppery spice mix. There is also lemons, coriander/clove, and a bit of a grassiness.

Overall - Very good.. just a few notches below being something special. Refreshing and a good summer beer. The ABV is well hidden and it has a balanced flavour. Not noteworthy enough for me to pick up more though.

Photo of liamt07
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Rutager, 650ml into a tulip. Thanks Brad!

Hazy yellow body, couple fingers of soapy white head. Good fluffy retention, and nice lacing. Nose has a soft lemony citrus and floral bouquet, some Belgian notes as well. A bit of spice, light grains. Taste is a bit of step down, some grassy herbal hopping. Lighter citrus, some zest, a bit soapy and some Belgian yeast. Reminds me a bit of the Cuvee Houblounee III from A La Fut in terms of the yeast character. Medium body, medium high carbonation. An OK beer but I'm not a big fan of the way the yeast comes through.

Photo of hoser
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say a five dollars a bottle this beer is outstanding. Dry Hopped to the fucking nuts and a nice interplay with the Belgian yeast at a third of the Belgian and French Canadian examples in our province you can't go wrong. The only thing I could complain about an it small complaint is I would like a creamy denser head but once again at five bucks a bomber that is a very small complaint.

Photo of kirbytall
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Good but the flavour reminds me of wheat beer

Photo of SebD
4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice fluffy white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, peppery spices, citrus/lime, grapefruit and coriander.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, faint pepper, coriander, grapefruit, lime and some pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of byronic
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%

Pours a lightly cloudy yellow haze with an incredibly large white puffy head. Lively carbonation leading to good retention. Mild notes of hops, some citrus fruits but mostly yeasts. Tastes of a mixture of grasses and yeasts with an almost soapy consistency. Some notes of fruits such as melon but unfortunately overpowered by the off-putting mouth feel.

Photo of Svingjo
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a nice golden colour with a thin head. Definitely hops on the nose with some lime and earthiness. Not as hoppy on the tongue as I was expecting with some banana/pineapple flavour in the back end.

Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden body with one finger of white fluffy head.

S: Loads of pine, mixed with citrus fruits, apples and some earthiness.

T: Very strong notes of earthy pine, which over powers the subtle notes of fruit.

M: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Very dry and bitter aftertaste with subtle notes of alcohol.

O: Intensely hopped IPA, which was good in the hops domain, but felt that it could have been better balanced and had more of the fruitiness come through. Easy to drink none the less.

Photo of beerayrton
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, IPAs....don't get me wrong, I love a good IPA, it just took me some time as a novice beernerd to get into them. But it's definitely a style I appreciate.

Appearance - Golden colour, very beautiful. One finger of head settling into a lacing of foam.

Smell - Hops right off the bat, as it should be. Smells like an atypical heavy IPA, as I believe it has a goodly number of IBU's. has a sweet, almost earthy pine-y smell (if that's a word)

Taste - Hoppy, of course. You taste them right away. It doesn't detract from the flavour though, like, say a a moylens hopsickle would. (There's another beer I need to re-try, as I had a bad experience the last time I had it.)

Mouthfeel - again, forest-y/pine-y...little carbonation (not so much that it hits you over the head.) it lingers, but not overlong.

Overall - Supremely drinkable. In my not so humble opinion, one of the better (read: sweeter) IPAs i've had. Definitely one i'm going to have again.

Plus. how can you not like the bombs dropping on the label? I love it.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PHTC pours quite clear for a Belgian IPA, with a thin head that manages to leave some nice lacing. The most noticeable smells are the Belgian yeast and the hops, however mild. The flavour is actually a little watery, but still representative of a Belgian IPA. Again, the yeast and hops are what stand out here. It finishes nicely, not dry, mild carbonation. Overall, its ok. Not a homerun though.

to view more.
Hoperation Tripel Cross Belgian IPA from Phillips Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.